TED talks are all about the powerful ideas behind them. As such, we encourage anyone and everyone to apply, regardless of race, color, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other identity. No public speaking experience is required; part of our unique speaker development process is to support our speakers as they develop their talks. Please make sure you connect your idea to our theme, "Dynamic Harmony".
Unlike most TEDx events, our speakers are predominantly selected through open curation. We devote a significant amount of time working with you to develop your idea and refine your presentation. From conception to delivery, we are with you every step of the way. This is a considerable time commitment, both from you and from us in the months leading up to the event. The result is not only a polished, professional TEDx talk, but also a great collegial community of speakers and committee members.
Our primary selection criteria is your idea. Is it novel? Is it actionable? Is there passion to be found in spreading your idea? Will it change people's perceptions? Spend some time outlining what you want to talk about and provide a brief summary in a few sentences.
Submissions will be accepted March 29 - April 30, 2019. All communication with applicants will be done through email.
Second round finalists will be notified mid-May and have 10 days to submit a 90-second video* for the final round of speaker selection (more info will be provided in notification message to finalists).
Final selection will occur after the evaluation of the video (and potentially an in-person interview) by May 28, 2019.
- Be genuine and show us the real you as a conduit for your idea.
- Show passion and enthusiasm for your idea.
- Sell, market, or promote yourself or your business. TED and TEDx talks are about the idea, not the person.
- Copy a TED talk or idea already presented.
*Any video format is acceptable, even cell phone content. We want to get a sense of YOU and not whether you can edit video content.
TED and TEDx showcase “ideas worth spreading.” Curation is at the heart of everything we do -- and sometimes that means determining that an idea won’t hit the mark. Our intention is not to be overly directive, but in the event your idea veers outside the TED and TEDx guidelines, we reserve the right to remove any speaker from the program. We also reserve the right to remove any speaker that is unable to fulfill the time commitment, including providing drafts of your presentation, regular check-ins with the speaker team, and dress rehearsal.